South African COVID-19 variant identified in Bermondsey

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The South African COVID-19 variant has been identified in Bermondsey, Southwark Council confirmed today.

In a statement published today (Tuesday, April 6) the local authority confirmed the new case, discovered in South Bermondsey ward, was not linked to a previous case identified in Faraday ward last month.

In response to the discovery, the council is delivering letters to 2,000 properties in the immediate area and asking residents in the wider area to take a test if they have symptoms, and consider taking a test even if they do not in the hope that any asymptomatic infections can be quickly contained.

Cllr Evelyn Akoto, cabinet member for community safety and public health said: “There is no cause for alarm. 

“We are writing to residents in a defined area as a precaution because this variant of COVID-19 may be more easily passed between people. 

“It is important residents in the area have a test if they have COVID-19 symptoms. 

“It is also important they continue to follow the current rules on social distancing and meeting with people from outside their household.”

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